|Rainy daze at our house
Cy, 10, arrived home from school on Friday happy but drenched by his walk. (Shouldn't he have been picked up? I blame the mother...) "Only a few driblets" he said. Jackson, 14, spent all weekend playing basketball outside with his friends in the pouring rain.
Meanwhile I stayed inside...reading depressing books. Woman Upstairs is about a 42 year-old angry schoolteacher, who has long ago compromised her dream of being an artist. About being a woman, an artist and love. It was criticised for portraying an unlikeable angry woman, though I can think of thousands of lauded angry men in literature.
|On the bedside table...
Carthage is about a disaffected 19 year-old woman in an upper state New York town who is seemingly killed by her brother in law, a war hero just back from Iraaq. Neither novels sound uplifting but they are because the writing is so beautiful.
The Hermes bookmark was sent to me by Naomi - thank you Naomi! Never had anything from a hushed tones stores like Hermes - have you? - though our mudroom is painted a sort of Hermes orange. Look.
I am a speedy reader, another skill which has yet to advance me in any way. If you're interested, I also have super bendy hands, which did win me a part as back-row dancer in a local production of The King And I when I was 12. So that's something.
|Look how bendy and I'm not even trying hard
Two rain or shine staples: Friday jam donuts from Doughnut Dolly and Saturday night was Hopscotch, a weeny little place which feels you're like in New Orleans with Corpse Revivers and oysters. I was once ejected from an all-you-can-eat oyster tent in Sonoma after I downed 40 oysters. Memories.
|What's everyone else having?
|Kevin goes into Hopscotch
My hip hop dance performance group Platinum (we are ages 42 to 61) performed to a group of folk dancers, mostly retirees. Someone asked me the other day:"Aren't your kids embarrassed by you doing hip hop?" Of course! Makes it even more enjoyable.
Saw the movie Her - Joaquin Pheonix falls in love with the voice on his phone. Clever idea. Well acted. Boring. How long can you watch Joaquin in a porn star moustache talk to a disembodied voice? (Even if the voice belongs to Scarlett Johanssen) Apparently these types of relationships are already happening...in Japan!
One of my resolutions was shorter blog posts - is this short? Now please tell me what happened in your weekend!